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[ad] Today I am dreaming...

I've been a bit MIA lately. Why you may ask? Well, because I've been half on the struggle bus and half working on a rather large project that I've had in draft mode for far too long. And I am SO excited about it. I literally woke up the other day and decided THAT was the day I'd get started on it and I've been hooked on it ever since. If you're a mom in Southern Maine, you won't want to miss this! So be sure to sign up for our email list via the link in my bio so you can be one of the first to know what's going on.
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I've been a bit MIA...

Well, it's officially the day Zack and I have been looking forward to for a couple of years now. While we've already unofficially been "moved on" from military life for a couple of months now, today it's official that Zack is no longer an Active Duty Marine and I am no longer a military spouse. The first big chapter of his adult life and our life together has officially ended. It's scary almost when you've been living with all the stability of a lifestyle for so long. A stable job, stable income, health benefits, a home. It's been a challenging couple of months as we get more settled here in Maine and figure out the next step for our little family. But I know we have so much to look forward to in the next year and it's refreshing to know we have the opportunity to start over. I am so proud of this guy and I can't wait to see what the next chapter of our life has in store for us. •
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Well, it's officially the day...

This mama is on the struggle bus today. This morning I spent over an hour searching for Allie's sippy cup of milk only to find it in the shower...where I looked 5+ times considering that's where she was playing while I got ready for the day. I then got the incorrect order from Dunkin and to make that even worse, it was pumpkin flavored...and if you know me, you know I cannot stand anything pumpkin flavored so I couldn't even suck it up and drink it (shoutout to @mwhited8195 for bringing me the correct drink order!). Nap time wasn't any better. A solid 40 minutes of crying before Allie finally went down...then she woke up 30 minutes later 🙄 And now I'm scrambling to get everything on my to-do list done so we can officially launch Blogmas tomorrow 😬 It's been a morning and I'm about ready for my own nap at this point. But at least it's Friday? 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
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This mama is on the...

It's yet another snow day here in Maine. The last winter I spent here was in 2015 and we maybe had three snow storms all winter. This year, we've had 3-5 just in the last couple of weeks 🙄 I'm already homesick for beautiful and warm North Carolina summers 😔 anyone else here who hates winter? If you need us, Allie and I will be curled up inside with some movies and a never-ending to-do list. #bloggerlife •
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It's yet another snow day...

Blogmas starts in T-5 days! I've been working so hard on producing awesome Blogmas content these past couple of months so I'm super excited to finally start sharing it with you all this weekend. Today on the blog I'm sharing a quick breakdown of Blogmas 2018, what you can look forward to on Mainely Keating, and 25 blog post ideas for those of you who want to participate in Blogmas as well! You can find the link to the full blog post in my bio! •
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Blogmas starts in T-5 days!...

The Best Gifts For New Moms

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The Best Gifts For New Moms

It’s finally that time of year when everyone is scrambling to find the best gifts for their loved ones. I don’t know about you, but we’ve done zero Christmas shopping so far. Not a single gift. So we’re a bit behind this year. But thankfully, we still have a solid month left before Christmas.

Since I know so many amazing mamas who have recently given birth (or are about to in the very near future), I thought I’d put together an awesome gift guide for them. I really wanted to go above and beyond the “typical” gifts like various baby products or nipple creams. I don’t know about you, but for holidays, I want something specifically for me. Something I may not have thought of or things that I haven’t had the time, energy, or money to treat myself to. So I tried to think outside of the box for you ladies.

If you have an amazing new mom in your life, here are 10 super awesome gifts for new moms that you may not have thought of yet!

1 | Baby Book. I’ve always loved documenting Allie’s firsts and her birth story. These baby books by Artifact Uprising are absolutely gorgeous and a must-have for new moms.

2 | Lululemon Leggings. Many new moms live in leggings in those first few months postpartum (some of us live in leggings regardless! ha!). Keep her comfortable by getting her a great pair of Lululemon leggings. I’m sure she’ll never take them off!

3 |  HelloFresh Gift Card. The last thing a new mom wants to do after having a baby is cook a big meal every night. So why not give her a HelloFresh gift card? We tested it out when our daughter was about a year old and we loved having it in our home. The kits came with every ingredient needed and each recipe took 30 minutes or less to make. It made dinnertime so much easier in our home.

4 | Bump Box. I recently came across Bump Boxes and I so wish I had known about them during my pregnancy. Bump Boxes is a monthly subscription service that curates fun, healthy products for mom and her baby! Subscriptions can begin in the 1st trimester and go all the way up to the 4th trimester (the first 3 months of baby’s life). They even have a special newborn box specifically for your little one. These boxes typically contain 4-8 full-size products for baby with a surprise or two for mom. Gift Subscriptions come in 3, 6, and 9-month increments. You can learn more here.

5 | A Cleaning Service. If you’re a mom, you may remember those days when cleaning the house was an impossible task. I know any mom would love and appreciate a good cleaning company coming in and helping around the house. This can be a one-time deep clean or even a monthly or weekly cleaning. Whatever your budget can afford, help a mama out to keep her home spotless! Groupon is a great place to go to find good deals in your area!

6 | Audible Gift Card. I found it so hard to pick up a good book when our daughter was super little. Having Audible downloaded to my phone helped a lot in allowing me that “me time” to read during the day. An Audible gift card is perfect for those moms who love reading.

7 | Naturebox Gift Card.  Sometimes it can be super challenging to eat healthy after having a baby. Breastfeeding moms tend to experience an increase in hunger and cravings and as a formula feeding mom, I experienced a lot of eating out of boredom. The big thing that helped me was having healthy snacks at my fingertips. So I highly recommend a gift card to Naturebox to help keep her happy and healthy!

8 | A Professional Photo Session. Photos are a gift new moms will cherish for their entire lives. No parent ever regrets having those gorgeous professional photos of their little ones. Find an amazing photographer in your area and sure the new mom in your life has the opportunity to get those photos done.

9 | A Spa Day. I don’t know a single mom out there who wouldn’t love an afternoon or even a whole day off from mommy duties. So why not send her to the spa? Again, Groupon is a great place to find deals on spa packages in your area.

10 | Starbucks Gift Card. Coffee is always a good idea for new moms. How else are they going to get through those first few weeks (or even months!) of sleep deprivation? Send them a Starbucks gift card so they can get their caffeine fix when it’s needed.

What gifts would you have loved as a new mom? What are you buying the new moms in your life?

XOXO
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